Crystal Palace Park is a 200 acre, Historic England Grade II listed park which was once home to Sir Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace – the structure that was adapted from the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.
The park is located in south London within the boundary of the London Borough of Bromley and alongside the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. It is the largest park in Bromley with a rich and unique history and is recognised for its local, regional and national importance due to its historic significance.
Set out to surpass Versailles with its spectacular water features, the site was designed to impress, educate and inspire and was an international attraction.
Today the park consists of the open site of the former Crystal Palace, the Grand Terraces and central axis, statues of prehistoric dinosaurs, geological strata, open parkland and pathways, sport and recreation facilities, an animal farm, playground, maze and café.
The park has been subject to substantial and frequent changes throughout its history, including the building of the National Sports Centre (NSC) and Athletics Stadium in the 1960s. In 1986, the London Borough of Bromley took over the ownership, management and maintenance of the majority of the park.
The London Borough of Bromley are currently working with the Shadow Board to try and develop a new form of governance that is better for the park and its future.